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Cuckoo Clock Manual

Instructions for VDS Cuckoo Clocks


Before hanging up the clock please carefully read these operating instructions. It is very important to apply exactly the procedure described therein.

Unpack with care! When removing the clock from the carton please hold it at the roof, by no means at the carving. Also take out the loose accessories such as carved head-piece, pendulum, weights also Please do not open the small paper-bag fixed to the bottom of the clock!

Lay down the clock with the face downwards and turn aside the bolt (A) at the back wall. Bring a nail or a screwdriver into the slit (B) and gently lift out the back panel.

Take away the paper strip from the chime spring (5). Remove – depending on the model – one or two clamps fixing the bellows. Please take care that no wire of the clock will be bent or damaged.

After replacing and bolting the back panel place the carved head-piece into the cam groove at the roof and fasten it by screws (1).

Now hang up the clock on a strong nail or screw which is fixed to the wall in a height of about 2 meters from the floor (11).

Open the packet underneath the clock containing the chains and pull out the wire. Possible knots in the chains should be undone very cautiously. Please notice that henceforth the clock must not be put down or turned upside down – otherwise, the chains will slip off from the chain-wheels.

In case one chain has slid from the chain-wheel please take your clock to a watchmaker, or pay attention to the following remarks: The chain can be replaced again by fully wounding up the other weights and hooking them off; hereafter the clock must be turned upside down and the chain has to be balanced upon the chain-wheel; it is advisable to open once again the back panel in order to observe the replacing of the chain on the chain-wheel through the chain holes in the clock case.

Remove the wire which locks the door of the cuckoo (Fig. 7); in case of Musical Cuckoo-Clocks, two wires (= two doors) must be removed. Hang the pendulum in the wire loop in the middle of the case bottom (Fig. 9) and the weights in the chain-hooks. The clock must be placed in a correct vertical position so that the pendulum can swing freely. – Now your clock is ready for operation.

For setting the correct time turn the minute-hand (longer hand) around to the left. Do never move the hour-hand (small hand). If you turn the minute-hand around to the right you have to await the end of the cuckoo-strikes released by the half and full hour marks; thereafter you may go on turning around the minute-hand. In case of a music-clock always the end of the music must be awaited. For starting the clock gently push the pendulum to one side. The clock hangs in the right position when the “tick-tack” of the pendulum is proportionate.

Depending on the model the clock must be wound up every 24 hours or every 8 days by pulling the ring on the end of the chain downwards thereby raising the weight up to the clock. The accurate time of the clock can be regulated by the pendulum. If the clock gains time,  push the pendulum-disc downwards on the pendulum-bar;

if the clock looses time, push the disc upwards.

Several models are available with the possibility of turning off the striking mechanism – this is indicated by a stick-on label. (12 or 13).

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